Driver was caught doing nearly 100mph. She claimed she was running late for work but judge said: ‘That would have been cold comfort to anybody you hit at that speed’

Ballymena Magistrates Court
Ballymena Magistrates Court

A driver detected at nearly 100mph was told by District Judge Nigel Broderick she should have known better and that although she was was running late for work “that would have been cold comfort to anybody you hit at that speed”.

Mary McLaughlin (63), of Brigadie Gardens, Ballymena, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court on Thursday and admitted a charge of excess speed.

The court heard she was detected doing 96mph in a 60mph zone at the Frosses Road on January 28 this year.

Defence solicitor Archie McCormick said his client’s grand-daughter had been unwell and the defendant had gone to her daughter’s to stay overnight and was late for work.

The defendant, who had a previously clear record, was given six penalty points and fined £300.

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